Friday, January 13, 2012

Giveaway Winners

It has been so lovely and Spring like here lately I have been out doors as much as possible doing garden prep work. I have gotten a little behind in blog land because of this but last night we dropped down to the 20's ,brrr! So,at least for the next couple of days,it will be indoors for me! I meant to have my soap drawing  earlier this week but time just slipped away from me in my sunshiny bliss!

I want to say thank you  to all of you that entered and posted about my soap. It really made my day to have so many entries!  In a highly technical and professional way,because you know that is just how I operate,lol...I dumped all the entries on my bed and picked  4!

Dum-da-da-dumm....and the winners are..

Nancy...a Facebook friend

 Just Me at The Back Forty


Saun at Live by the Sun Love by the Moon

I will be getting in touch with you all to get you address,I hope you like my soap!

*****awitch247  I can not find a way to contact you so pleas leave me a comment with how to get in touch,thanks!*******

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Look What I Did,Look What I Did!!!

One of my goals for this year is to learn to dye yarn with natural dyes. I love the idea of being able to walk out in the woods and fields and gather a basket full of bark or mushrooms or flowers, the way our ancestors would have done, and bring it home and create a rainbow of yarns! Plus, I am all about living as naturally as I possibly can. I started my journey! I did not gather plants for this. I ordered a small starter kit of natural dyes to help me get the feel of dying, but soon I will be picking things from nature and growing my own plants to do my dying. I actually got my kit before Christmas but have been searching for a big used pot. I found one yesterday at a local "treasure" shop! After I got it home I noticed it was stamped USN. It is an old galley pot from the Navy!
This is some chunky spun corriedale that I decided to use. Chunky yarn is interesting and knits up fast plus in the book, Harvesting Color by Rebecca Burgess, that I highly recommend if you are interested in natural dying, she dyes up a rainbow of chunky yarns and it just looks beautiful!

I used Logwood Purple for this. After reading about Logwood I probably won't use it in the future because it is not an easily sustainable dye and I can not gather it myself. It came in my little kit so of course I am going to use what I have but there are sooo many natural dye plants out there I see no reason to use one that is not abundant! I can see why it is in high demand though ,it is a beautiful color!
Here it is drying in the sun, Royal Purple!

I can't wait to see what it looks like dry and fluffed back up! If I am happy with it when it is dry it will go in my Etsy shop.
 I also learned why they put rubber gloves in my kit that I ..umm...did not use...yikes!
Don't forget to enter my soap giveaway I will be having the drawing this week!